Who stole Christmas?

Federal workers are pointing fingers at President Barack Obama. Budget constraints and the looming fiscal cliff appear to be the reason they will be working on Christmas Eve. A petition on the White House’s We The People website calling for a day off has reached the threshold of 25,000 signatures needed for official response.

“Federal employees have had a pay freeze for the past several years,” the petition reads. “Giving federal employees an extra holiday… would be a good gesture to improve morale of the federal workforce.”  An executive order would grant employees the day off, but the White House has so far not responded to the petition.

This is the first year federal employees of the Obama administration will work a full day on Christmas Eve. Obama gave federal workers a half day off on the day in 2009, and a paid holiday in 2010 because Christmas Day fell on a Saturday. In 2011, Christmas Eve was on a Saturday.

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